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    Acting Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Jackie Trad
    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    $428 million more for infrastructure and roads in Western Queensland

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Acting Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    $428 million more for infrastructure and roads in Western Queensland

    Western Queensland will see construction booming over the next year with $428 million delivered through the Palaszczuk Government’s 2017-18 Budget.

    Acting Premier and Minister for Infrastructure Jackie Trad said that the funding would support 1,200 jobs over the next year.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is serious about investing in the infrastructure each region needs,” Ms Trad said.

    “Across the state, we are working with councils to build projects that will make a real difference to communities and deliver local jobs.”

    Minister for Local Government Mark Furner said that the funding would be going to delivering major infrastructure projects such as redeveloping the Charleville fire and rescue station and vital hospital upgrades.

    Mr Furner said the funding would also deliver vital road projects. 

    “Road safety is a priority for our government. That’s why we are investing in road projects and upgrades throughout the region,” Mr Furner said.

    “We are getting on with the job of widening the Carnarvon Highway and upgrading Hungerford Road.

    “These projects will allow motorists to spend less time in the car and more time at home with family and friends.”

    Minister for Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the projects were part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $42 billion infrastructure spend over the next four years.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to continuing to invest in vital infrastructure funding, building our roads network, boosting productivity, creating jobs and fostering economic growth,” Mr Bailey said.

    “We’re repairing the damage done by the LNP who slashed roads funding by $600 million and stalled countless projects across Queensland.”

    Projects partly or fully funded in this Budget include:

    • $17.9 million Blackall Hospital redevelopment
    • $16.5 million Carnarvon Highway, St George-Surat widening
    • $15.1 million Birdsville Geothermal Plant capital works
    • $12 million Carnarvon Highway, Injune-Rolleston widening
    • $6 million to roll our energy meters in isolated communities
    • $1.35 million Currawinya National Park development works and upgrades
    • $1.1 million Hungerford Road upgrade
    • $1.2 million Innamincka Road sealing
    • $550,000 Cunnamulla Hospital building linkway

    ENDS